Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Jody Gerut hit for the cycle on Saturday night in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. He was making only his fourth start of the season and he made the most of it.
By the fifth inning, Gerut had already collected a single, triple, and homerun. However he had to wait until a long ninth inning for him to collect the double (while driving in two in the inning). Gerut became the sixth player in Brewers history to hit for the cycle (and first since 2004). Gerut became a part of history as the Brewers pummeled the Diamondbacks 17-3. He also drove in four, as did outfielder Ryan Braun.
After being rained out in Minnesota Friday night, the Twins and Baltimore Orioles were set for two on Saturday. Game 1 went to the Orioles as they pounded out 12 hits and seven runs against Twins starter Francisco Liriano (and reliever Alex Burnett).
O’s starter Jeremy Guthrie capitalized on the run support as he picked up his first win of the 2010 season. He allowed three runs (on homeruns hit by Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer) on five hits in 6.2 innings. The top of the order for the O’s (Julio Lugo, Adam Jones, and Nick Markakis) was a combined 7-for-14 with five RBIs.
Game 2 went to the Twins as starter Scott Baker limited the O’s to one run on three hits in eight innings (he allowed a Luke Scott homerun) while striking out eight. O’s starter Kevin Millwood dropped to 0-4 after allowing three runs on seven hits in seven innings. Twins DH Jim Thome went 2-for-3 and Delmon Young went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
The LA Angels and Seattle Mariners were battling it out in Seattle on Saturday night. It was a matchup of the struggling Angels starter Joe Saunders against the Mariners surprisingly dominant starter Doug Fister. Both pitchers gave up three runs and the game stayed tied into the ninth inning. In the ninth inning, Fernando Rodney walked three batters but was an escape artist and did not allow a run.
However in the top of the tenth inning, the Angels would score a run off of Mariners closer David Aardsma. Hideki Matsui would drive in the game winner as he collected his 1,500th RBI in professional baseball. Angels closer Brian Fuentes pitched a perfect tenth with two strikeouts to pick up his fourth save.
The Washington Nationals are slowly beginning to surprise everyone throughout baseball. Last night, the Nationals received solid pitching from spot starter Matt Chico (who was called up to start in place of the injured John Lannan). For five innings, Chico outdueled Florida Marlins ace Josh Johnson as Chico gave up just two runs to Johnson’s three runs.
After the Marlins took a 4-3 lead off of Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard on a Gaby Sanchez two-run homer, Josh Willingham came up in the seventh inning and hit a solo homerun to tie the game. In the eighth inning with the bases loaded, Marlins lefty reliever Renyel Pinto (who came in to face the left-handed hitting Adam Dunn) hit Dunn to drive in the winning run. Matt Capps came in to collect his 12th save in a perfect ninth inning.
The Chicago Cubs were pummeled by the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night. Despite collecting 12 hits, the Cubs could only muster two runs. The Reds on the other hand, scored 14 runs on 15 hits. The game was close until the seventh inning before the Reds scored five runs and another six runs in the eighth inning.
The Reds Brandon Phillips, Jonny Gomes, and Ryan Hanigan collected three hits a piece and Hanigan drove in five runs (four coming on his first career grand slam). Also good for the Reds was the pitching performance by Aaron Harang. Harang pitched into the seventh inning and allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out nine. This was the Harang that Reds fans want to see every start.